(Feb. 9, 2010)--UTSA will celebrate the grand opening of the Confucius Institute on Feb. 10, beginning with a private ceremony in the morning and continuing with a performance by the University of International Business and Economics' student artist troupe at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Building Recital Hall (2.03.02) on the Main Campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
One of more than 300 such institutes worldwide, the UTSA Confucius Institute will promote awareness of Chinese culture, history and society in South Texas through Chinese language instruction and educational exchanges in partnership with the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China.
"China is a global economic and political power," said Don Lien, director of the UTSA East Asia Institute and Confucius Institute. "By adopting an awareness of China's culture, history, society and economy, we are equipping our students with the tools they need to establish strong and successful business partnerships once they graduate."
The private ceremony will include a delegation from the UIBE led by Wang Ling, university council chair, who will meet UTSA officials including President Ricardo Romo. Consul General Gao Yanping from the Chinese consulate in Houston and state Rep. James Chen also will attend.
The Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing will provide most of the funding for the UTSA Confucius Institute. To date, the headquarters has given UTSA $150,000 for start-up costs and pledged 3,000 Chinese books and videos. Additionally, it will fund UIBE to send an associate director and two professors to UTSA to teach courses and help organize and direct programs and activities. UTSA now offers beginning and intermediate Chinese language courses.
The UTSA Confucius Institute is a component of the UTSA East Asia Institute, which promotes awareness of East Asian cultures and societies through education and enrichment opportunities.
To learn more about the UTSA Confucius Institute, contact Professor Donald Lien at 210-458-7312.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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